Melanie Lim

Melanie Lim

A Certified Public Accountant with master’s degrees in Business Management and English Language Teaching, Melanie T. Lim was born and raised in Cebu. While proudly homegrown, she concedes her time in the United States as well as the People’s Republic of China has shaped her internationalist views. Her multicultural orientation stems from her love of travel which has brought her to 47 countries. In 2000, she was awarded the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Award (CAMMA) for Best Column. Writing is one of her passions, the other three being traveling, designing and doing housework. She is a certified workaholic who continues to work at seriously learning “how to chill.”

Columns

Free speech

IN THE aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the issue of free speech has been discussed and debated the world over. The proponents of free speech have repeatedly declared that the point of freedom of speech is the freedom to offend.

The rock star

THE Pope has rightly been welcomed like a rock star in our country because like a rock star, he has overwhelmed his legions of fans—believers and non-believers alike.

Those who stood in the rain for hours at the Tacloban airport and cheered wildly even as the Pope’s plane appeared like a dot in the sky did not wait in vain. Pope Francis arrived as promised even as typhoon signal no. 2 was being hoisted over the region.

Charlie Hebdo

I am not Charlie Hebdo. I believe in free expression. But I also believe in accountability in the exercise of free expression.

Satire is a genre of literature intended to expose the ills of an individual, institution or society through humor, irony or exaggeration. Its primary method is shaming; its higher purpose, social criticism to bring about improvement.

Deviant

You should know that you’re a deviant,” my sister tells me.

Hmm…am I a deviant simply because it is not my life’s goal to find a man to marry? Few people will believe me when I tell them that I believe in love. Don’t laugh. I do. I really do. But fewer people will understand me when I say I don’t need a significant other to find significance in life.

Thanks

IT’S been a fabulous year. Thank you for being a part of my life. No, this is not from Facebook. This is actually from me. Unoriginal. But completely customized.

Before anyone else, I thank the One above who makes it all possible. Thank you, Lord, for getting me through the most trying times of my life.

Gifts

I get this request every year so I shall accede to this request once more even though I may sound like Scrooge in the process.

In this season of giving, I once more remind all recipients of gifts to say thanks. This perennial reminder remains unheeded by some people so I shall continue to write this reminder every year till I no longer hear anyone lamenting about the utter lack of manners by gift recipients.

Beautiful girl

The city is agog over a beautiful girl. Well, this certainly doesn’t raise eyebrows. This beautiful girl, though, has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

She first gained notoriety last August when she was caught shoplifting from a boutique. The shopkeeper was so mesmerized by her beauty that the girl was able to calmly walk out of the shop wearing and bringing stolen merchandise.

Storm watch

As I sit and wait rather nervously for Typhoon Ruby to unleash its fury in our islands, I hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

As we have already been told, it’s not just the winds (which currently are weakening and then strengthening again) we should prepare for but the rains which can actually pose greater danger to all those along the storm’s path.

Alcohol

Davao City has a liquor ban which prohibits the serving, selling and drinking of intoxicating drinks along city streets, parking areas and uninhabited places from 1 to 8 am. I wish every city in the country would follow Davao’s ordinance.

I’m not against alcohol consumption. But I’m wary about the consequences of alcohol consumption gone awry. I don’t think it’s harmful for anyone to enjoy a drink once in a while but when people can’t stop at one or two drinks or can’t get through the day without a drink, they might want to evaluate their drinking habits.

Don’t drive

ACCORDING to the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PHP-HPG), road accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is the top cause of road accidents in the country.

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